Toms River NJ meeting with Holiday City residents about property taxes

TOMS RIVER –A town hall meeting March 4 will connect Holiday City Silverton residents with township professionals who can answer questions about the recently completed property revaluation.

Mayor Maurice B. “Mo” Hill Jr. said the meeting is set for 9 am to noon at the township’s Senior Center, 652 Garfield Ave. Tax Collector Carl DiLeo and Assessor William Laird will be on hand to answer residents’ questions.

“What we did is we sent a mass mailing to the community,” Hill said of Holiday City, a nearly 1,600-home neighborhood located off Church Road. The mailer notified residents about the meeting, and also gave instructions for those who needed transportation to the senior center.

DiLeo can answer questions about the “Senior Freeze,” a state property tax reimbursement program for seniors who meet certain income requirements. Senior Center personnel will also be on hand to help residents fill out paperwork for the senior Freeze application, the mayor said.

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Laird will explain the tax appeal process. Residents who believe their new assessment is incorrect must file an appeal to the Ocean County Board of Taxation by May 1. To file an appeal, property owners will need to find comparable homes that sold in the area to prove their house is over valued.

Holiday City Silverton property values ​​have soared under the recently completed revaluation, and the increased values ​​mean property taxes will increase for homeowners there. Ward 2 Councilman Daniel Rodrick, who represents the Holiday City community, said property taxes have risen by “40 to 100% “under the new values.

Toms River Senior Center

Rodrick said he has spoken to many seniors who fear they will be unable to afford the tax increase that comes with the new values.

According to figures provided by the township, the average assessed value of the nearly 1,600 homes in Holiday City at Silverton has jumped from $ 66,933 to $ 148,516, an increase of about 121%.

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